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    1. September 19, 2014

      Sarkozy’s letter to the French people

      Dear friends, On May 6, 2012, the night of the presidential election, I thanked the French people for the honour of allowing...

    2. April 8, 2014

      Sleaze v spin in Mexico’s race for reform

      When Enrique Peña Nieto, Mexico’s president, ran a 10km race last month, he cruised over the finish line without so much as...

    1. March 5, 2014

      Nicolas Sarkozy secretly taped when France president

      Nicolas Sarkozy, France’s former president, was secretly taped in dozens of meetings while in office by a close adviser, in...

    2. February 7, 2014

      ‘Elegance in an Age of Crisis’ at New York’s Museum at FIT

      The word “recession” tends to call to mind “austerity”, but as a new exhibit at New York’s Museum at FIT demonstrates, this...

    3. January 22, 2014

      French attractions

      From Dr John Doherty. Sir, What makes François Hollande un homme fatal? Carla Bruni (5’ 10”, 178cm) answered this question...

    4. Material World

      January 21, 2014

      Francesco Trapani's new job at LVMH and the optics of image

      Getty Images Bet corridors were buzzing over at Hermès on Monday when LVMH announced Francesco Trapani, the executive who...

    5. Material World

      July 16, 2013

      Valerie Trierweiler's Dior olive branch -- sorry, handbag

      Getty Images Just as her former Presidential First Rival, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, is inaugurated as the face of Bulgari,...

    6. July 12, 2013

      Vanessa Friedman: Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, the new face of Bulgari

      One of the more notable moments of the recent Paris couture week occurred at a very fancy party hosted by Bulgari in a...

    7. April 26, 2013

      The mother of invention: stylish pregnancy wear

      Dress like Kate Middleton! Maternity Looks You Can Wear More than Once,” (Vogue); “Duchess Kate’s royally chic bump style”...

    8. April 26, 2013

      Public image versus private finance

      The recent move by President François Hollande to make cabinet members disclose their holdings and net worth has created...

    9. March 29, 2013

      Couture politics

      In the animal world, the male is usually the fancy dresser. But in the masculine jungle of global politics, it is the first...

    10. The World

      March 13, 2013

      Peng Liyuan: China's first lady takes centre stage

      Peng Liyuan performs in 2007 (Ted Aljibe/AFP/Getty) The talking point of the Chinese leadership transition has so far...

    11. March 8, 2013

      Sovereign wealth suitors woo Sarkozy

      Nicolas Sarkozy is being wooed by sovereign wealth funds including Qatar’s who are ready to back him to start a private...

    12. Material World

      January 4, 2013

      What's the sure-fire trend for 2013?

      Getty Images The first week of every year is always a week of predictions (fiscal cliff shenanigans aside, it’s generally a...

    13. Material World

      November 28, 2012

      Leveraging Samantha Cameron for fashion's sake

      Getty Images I was struck last night at the British Fashion Awards by Samantha Cameron’s appearance to present the New...

    14. November 22, 2012

      Sarkozy in court amid UMP troubles

      Nicolas Sarkozy, the former French president, was questioned on Thursday by judges probing allegations that he took illicit...

    15. August 31, 2012

      Hollande’s love life in the spotlight

      As if the eurozone crisis, a flagging economy and sliding opinion poll ratings were not enough to worry his young...

    16. July 27, 2012

      Holiday horrors

      We may be at full Olympic throttle (or overload, depending on your perspective), but do not let the thrills and spills of...

    17. July 3, 2012

      Police search Sarkozy home and offices

      French police on Tuesday raided the Paris home and offices of Nicolas Sarkozy, the former French president, in connection...

    18. The World

      June 22, 2012

      Soap opera returns to the Elysée

      Valérie Trierweiler (L) and Ségolène Royal (Patrick Kovarik/AFP/GettyImages) One of the reasons the French people were said...

    19. May 25, 2012

      Bold platforms for France’s new agenda

      I am now going to write something I have never written before; something, in fact, I never would have thought it possible I...

    20. Material World

      May 15, 2012

      French inaugural chic

      Outgoing French president Nicolas Sarkozy is escorted by France's new president François Hollande. Getty Images Watching...

    21. May 6, 2012

      Sarkozy pays price for being crisis president

      Nicolas Sarkozy is the first French president to suffer the ignominy of failing to be re-elected since Valéry Giscard...

    22. April 20, 2012

      Will France vote bling or bland?

      On Sunday the French electorate goes to the polls for the first round of presidential elections, which are widely expected...

    23. The World

      April 16, 2012

      Watch the watch disappear

      You wait ages for a powerful and influential person to be caught trying to hide an extremely expensive watch – and then two...

    24. April 1, 2012

      The female of the species is more scary than the male

      Last week I went to a party given by an old university friend. It was a jolly enough event, full of people I’ve known for...

    25. January 31, 2012

      The Global Fund must come of age

      The Global Fund to Fight Aids, TB and Malaria has proved to be one of the world’s most important and innovative multilateral...

    26. Material World

      December 2, 2011

      Angela Merkel dresses for doom

      Getty Images Hillary Clinton isn’t the only politician smart enough to let her clothes do the speaking: German chancellor...

    27. November 18, 2011

      Good luxe

      Last Monday, at the Banyan Tree resort in Seoul, South Korea, a gala was held. Guests arrived in gowns and tuxedos, sipped...

    28. November 4, 2011

      Some like it haute: Woody Allen’s Paris

      We bumped into Woody Allen when he was researching Midnight in Paris, his charming cinematic ode to the city of light. We...

    29. October 21, 2011

      Sarkozy stuck with little room for manoeuvre

      There was, at least, one moment of “profound joy” for Nicolas Sarkozy this week: when his wife Carla Bruni gave birth on...

    30. FT Alphaville

      October 20, 2011

      Eurozone emergency meeting yields no sign of resolution

      France’s president Nicolas Sarkozy flew to Frankfurt on Wednesday night for an emergency meeting on the eurozone crisis at...

    31. October 19, 2011

      France’s socialists pin their hopes on a revival of the ‘soft left’

      A few months ago, the running joke in the French left was that François Hollande would need an aeroplane carrying Dominique...

    32. October 19, 2011

      Eurozone leaders meet in Frankfurt

      France’s president Nicolas Sarkozy flew to Frankfurt on Wednesday night for an emergency meeting with leading players in the...

    33. Brussels Blog

      October 19, 2011

      [UPDATED] The action moves to Frankfurt

      Demonstrators camping out in front of the ECB in Frankfurt on Wednesday morning. UPDATE 5: The gathering has broken up with...

    34. October 12, 2011

      Sarko needs mother of all comebacks

      Any day now – possibly even by the time you read this, according to chirrupings on Twitter – President Nicolas Sarkozy...

    35. September 22, 2011

      Group Arnault CEO faces funds enquiry

      Nicolas Sarkozy, French president, risks being caught up in a growing political scandal less than a year away from the...

    36. August 12, 2011

      Lunch with the FT: Diego Della Valle

      The Milan headquarters of Tod’s is an austere building in the centre of the city that discreetly bears the name of the Della...

    37. May 13, 2011

      The clues in Carla’s clothes

      The Cannes Film Festival has had its first few star-studded days yet it seems to me that the most pressing question thrown...

    38. May 13, 2011

      Cannes you feel the love tonight?

      Jurors Johnnie To, Uma Thurman, Jude Law, Linn Ullmann, Robert De Niro, Martina Gusman, Olivier Assayas, Nansun Shi Tin...

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